Monday, July 24, 2017

Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Tomorrow is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day...and while I'm not a huge ice cream fan (I like it but I'd rather have cake or cookies for dessert), I do love a good hot fudge sundae. 



One story of how this dessert came about "says that once upon a time there was a man named “Sunday” (translated from the German language) who faced a challenge of making up an absolutely new dish. As you can guess on your own, he combined the frozen mixture with the syrup and was perpetuated in this slightly misspelled name."


One of my favorite desserts is the Hot Fudge Cake from Big Boy...one time, my sister brought a slice home from a town 25 minutes away and it did pretty good (perhaps she drove crazy fast) and we sat down with the cake and two spoons and ate it right away. It was so good! Here's a recipe for that delicious dessert.




If you're looking for a twist on the classic, you can find a ton here at Buzz Feed, including this Banana Split Hot Fudge Sundae.



If you'd rather craft your sundae, here are two free digi stamps for coloring or inking.




And if you like your ice cream non-melty, you can buy these adorable earrings here.


I hope you're sufficiently prepared to celebrate Hot Fudge Sundae Day tomorrow!

Happy Monday!
Chark



Saying Goodbye

Sad to say that Craft Ideas magazine has ceased publication...I loved that magazine and read it (and was published in it) way back when it was known as Crafts n' Things. I decided to do a little farewell with some of my favorite projects on their blog. Who knows how long the content will last, but some projects are mine and some are from other designers.

This was one of the most recent that was published in the magazine and on the blog. It featured embroidery hoops used in different ways. This one is mine.


This is also one of mine, and the editor said she was planning to use the idea for her sister's bridal shower. That made me feel pretty good...and making these large flowers from coffee filters was a blast...I loved experimenting with ink and markers and seeing how they dried and turned out.


This project isn't mine, but I wish it were. I tried it, but I'm not great with a felted needle, so it didn't turn out as well as I wanted...but it doesn't mean I won't try it again!


This project is an early publication of mine and based it on The Scrambled States of America kid's book by one of our (me and the kids) favorite authors, Laurie Keller.


So, a fond farewell to Craft Ideas mag and here's a link to Somerset Studio, a favorite craft magazine of mine right now. It's put out by Stampington and Company and their family of magazines is just so inspiring. I'll be happy if I ever get published in one of these!


Happy Monday!
Chark







Friday, July 21, 2017

Hugs N Kisses

Love the Doodlebug Design Cream and Sugar collection, as evidenced by my posts here and here, and this time, I used the 6x6 paper pad to trim the rectangle sentiment out for the focal point of my card. Behind it is a white notecard that I inked yellow, Bo Bunny dot paper, and more paper from the Cream and Sugar collection. 



Plus I repurposed a party hat (it's the yellow paper with glitter polka dots) that my daughter brought me for my birthday...did I mention she's an adult? Some kids are just like that. They want to bring the party to their mom and make her wear a pointy hat, lol.



The enamel dots are matte and not shiny and I love them...they look like candy dots. They're Doodlebug Design too. At the top is Recollections glitter washi tape in aqua to cover all my layers of paper. This one was fast (except drying time for the yellow ink) and I think perfect for a kid's birthday. Although my kids are old, my nephews are having kids (I'm a Great Aunt!) so this will still be useful to me. But I bet if I sent it to my daughter, she'd enjoy it too. She's a big kid and elementary school librarian, so she's always up for cute stuff, like her mom!
Happy Friday!
Chark

p.s. The a2z Scrapbooking EBAY store is having a huge clearance right now...here's the link. And with savings up to 40% off lots of items including Scor Pal, Hero Arts inks, stamps, dies, embellies and buttons, you're bound to find something you'll need for your stash! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bag Full O' Fun

I love the dimensional bag die from Hero Arts...it's not totally 3-D, as it can't stand on its own, but it's made to lay flat on a project and still open. I slipped in a gift card for a birthday card and added the enjoy sentiment from Hero Arts Caffeine Fix digi set. I made it just the right size for the front of the bag. 


There's no actual stamping for this one, just cut the die cut, printed out the sentiment and glued it on some sun ray patterned paper. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! The rectangle is some old patterned paper I had and the bag is Bo Bunny paper. 

Here's the Hero Arts Shopping Bag Die. If you head to a2z Scrapbooking, you can find this for $19.95 and if you add a little something more to your shopping cart to total $25, you can use my shopping code CHARK15 to get 15% off your purchase! We've got the new Hero Arts ombre sequins and some new Nuvo products now in stock. And shhh! don't tell but Christmas goodies are on the way soon!



Happy Wednesday!
Chark



Monday, July 17, 2017

Stenciling on Black Paper

So, I got a few of the Distress Oxide inks and have been playing around with them on white and kraft, but I decided to give black paper a whirl and picked up some from the lss, which had single sheets of black paper for chalk markers. It's so smooth!

I used my Diamond stencil from Hero Arts and Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans and Picked Raspberry. Loved how it turned out...the Distress Oxides are so crisp, compared especially to the regular Distress inks. 

Here's a peek at it over on the a2z Scrapbooking blog. Pop over and say HI!


Jennifer McGuire has a new video featuring the new Oxide ink colors here, if you're interested.



Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, July 14, 2017

Celebrate You

As you may or may not know, I love the pocket scrapbooking cards that companies make but am not an actual pocket scrapbooker. I just collect them and then feel bad, so I use some of them on cards or regular scrapbook pages. Ok, I don't feel all that bad, lol.

Here's a card with a large one. It already had printed sequins and stars at the bottom, so I just added some real ones with Multi Matte Medium and then added washi tape at the top and glitter paper strips and vellum heart to complete the card. Even though it's pretty glittery, I think I could use this card for anyone's birthday. What do you think?



Here's the glittery bits up close. 


I don't have a shark card to share today, but I thought I'd tell you it's Shark Awareness Day. I'm not sure how to celebrate and I'm not sure what we're supposed to be aware of...but there you go! (Actually, it's to be aware that millions of sharks are killed each year for shark fin soup and other weird recipes and are important to the oceanic ecosystem, I just looked it up.) 

Happy Shark Awareness Day, from a friendly Chark! Here are some cute recipes to try if you're feeling it, none of which contain actual shark. 

I think this is fun—a pear shark in lime Jello...but the floating dill would ruin it. That's not exactly dessert material imo. Though it does mimic seaweed beautifully.


Here's a shark cupcake that would be pretty easy to make. I love the elaborate cupcakes, but I'm not always up for the challenge as a baker. While the fin here is gum paste, you could use white chocolate too I would guess.


And this is super fun too...shark fin chips and seaweed dip. Yum! Now I'm hungry, so I'll go see if I have any shark-themed food. Pizza is a triangle and so I could have a Cheesy Shark Fin...anchovies would be a perfect topping if I actually liked them :)


Happy Friday!
Chark